JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – JBLM, federal and local community leaders will come together at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21 for the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the $91 million upgrade of the installation’s wastewater treatment plant.
Construction for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade began in May 2014. Puget Sound water quality is a major environmental concern for the Environmental Protection Agency, Washington State, Tribal, local stakeholders, lawmakers and JBLM. In recent years, most communities near JBLM have upgraded their wastewater treatment processes to comply with stringent state discharge permits or to reclaim their wastewater.
The upgraded plant at Solo Point ensures JBLM meets current and future water quality requirements for Puget Sound. This facility serves JBLM, Camp Murray and the American Lake Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Healthcare System American Lake Division in Lakewood.
The old WWTP is off-line and will eventually be demolished.
JBLM’s upgraded $91 million WWTP was constructed using the most current technologies, ensuring the plant meets current and future discharge requirements to protect Puget Sound water quality. The plant is now capable of treating effluent to Class A drinking water standards, setting the stage for reclaimed water usage in the future. The new facility’s treatment capabilities are consistent with nearby municipal wastewater treatment plants, which also discharge into Puget Sound.